Groups Say 13 Should Remain The Digital Age Of Consent

Groups Say 13 Should Remain The Digital Age Of Consent
Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

2 May 2018

The internet will be a more dangerous place for children if the digital age of consent is raised to 16, according to the head of Spunout.ie.

Ireland’s youth information website, along with the Children’s Rights Alliance and the ISPCC, are calling for the age to stay at 13.

It’s after opposition parties tabled amendments to the Data Protection Bill to increase it to 16.

They believe doing so would give children more protection.

But head of Spunout.ie, Ian Power doesn't agree "It's leaving industry off the hook, rather than a situation whereby industry has to make sure that their platforms are safer for 13 to 16 year olds - and making sure we can target them with educational and safety tools."


The groups are calling on government leaders to play their part in keeping children safe online: